2.1.8 Ensure That Microsoft Defender for Containers Is Set To 'On'

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Turning on Microsoft Defender for Containers enables threat detection for Container Registries including Kubernetes, providing threat intelligence, anomaly detection, and behavior analytics in the Microsoft Defender for Cloud.


Enabling Microsoft Defender for Container Registries allows for greater defense-in-depth, with threat detection provided by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC).


Turning on Microsoft Defender for Containers incurs an additional cost per resource.


From Azure Portal

Go to Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Select Environment Settings under the 'Management' heading.

Click on the subscription name

SelectDefender plans under the 'Settings' heading.

For Containers click the sliding button under the Status heading to be On

Click Save in the top left.

From Azure CLI
Use the below command to enable Standard pricing tier for Storage

az security pricing create -n 'ContainerRegistry' --tier 'standard'

From PowerShell

Set-AzSecurityPricing -Name 'ContainerRegistry' -PricingTier 'Standard'

Default Value:

By default, Microsoft Defender for Containers is off.

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